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Belmont Park

  • 3146 Mission Blvd. Map It
  • Mission Bay
  • Amusement Park/Water Park
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 10/23/2014

Fodor's Review

The once-abandoned amusement park between the bay and Mission Beach Boardwalk is now a shopping, dining, and recreation complex. Twinkling lights outline the Giant Dipper, an antique wooden roller coaster on which screaming thrill-seekers ride more than 2,600 feet of track and 13 hills (riders must be at least 4 feet, 2 inches tall). Created in 1925 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this is one of the few old-time roller coasters left in the United States. The Plunge, an indoor swimming pool was the largest—60 feet by 125 feet—saltwater pool in the world at the time it opened, also in 1935; it's had freshwater since 1951. Johnny Weismuller and Esther Williams are among the stars who were captured on celluloid swimming here.

Other Belmont Park attractions include miniature golf, a video arcade, bumper cars, a tilt-a-whirl, and an antique carousel. The rock wall challenges both junior climbers and their elders. Belmont Park also has the most consistent wave in the county at the Wave House, where the FlowRider provides surfers and bodyboarders a near-perfect simulated wave on which to practice their skills.

Sight Information

Address:

3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego, California, 92109, United States

Map It

Phone:

858-488–1549-for rides

Sight Details:

  • Unlimited ride day package $29 for 48" and taller, $18 for under 48"; individual ride tickets also available
  • Park opens at 11 daily, ride operation varies seasonally

Updated 10/23/2014

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